Friday, 27 November 2015

things I like lately

Speaking of disco balls; how about a disco dog? Photo taken for the Artist Diner project // Kodak Portra 400c, Minolta SRT 101

- en måned, to uker og en dag (via Draumfarir)
- this Swedish home
- this makes me want a disco ball
- a clutter-free advent calendar - we are planning a similar type advent calendar for Sara; activities, not things (Sorry! I just lied. She will be getting things too. Her grandfather already got her a Lego calendar. So, twice the fun this year then!)
- dagen vår - love posts like this! (here are some similar posts from my archives)
- a Saturday spent with a group of our closest friends and their kids; playing, chatting, cooking and eating
- homemade vanilla ice cream (using this recipe - no ice cream machine required) and rhubarb (from my mom's garden; frozen during summer) strawberry crumble
- the first day of below zero temperatures; six below and not a cloud in sight - such a gorgeous day
- meeting our friends' four months old baby (we haven't seen her since she was newborn) - she was all smiles and happiness
- freshly made liver pâté from the local butcher (Idsøe) - on ciabatta, with crispy bacon and cucumber on top
- checking things off my to do list whilst Sverre naps - it's all about clutter management - which I find highly satisfying
- clearing out my outerwear closet and donating several winter jackets to Fretex (The Salvation Army's second hand outlet)
- a little meet up with seven new baby friends (all lined up on my living room floor) and their mothers
- a freshly made chocolate chip cookie for lunch dessert every day - because it's just the right remedy for all the November rain
- seeing all the Thanksgiving happiness on my Instagram feed
- a visit to work to let my colleagues meet Sverre - it was so nice meeting them again, yet I'm so grateful for maternity leave
- Sverre eats well - he's already 6,8 kg! No skimmed milk in my boobies!

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Things I don't like lately

- have not been out walking this week
- after that one gorgeous sub-zero (Celsius) day, the weather turned to its usual wet, grey state again

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Answers to questions in the comments

Sylvia asked on this post where I got my hanging fruit baskets. I bought them at Åhlens.

Beth asked about the pacifier tree on this post. I don't know how it started, but it is basically a tree by the lake (a popular running/walking route) where toddlers/kids hang their pacifiers when they have quit using them.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

life, week 47

his arm around my neck // my heart explodes 

Exploring new sides of life. And time to be even more careful of where we put him down. Also, so thankful for inheriting piles of baby clothes from my sister @marihagen


Please excuse this badly lit photo on this very dark and rainy day, I just want to share this yummy salad that I made for lunch. Alfalfa sprouts, avocado, cucumber, shrimp, corn, fresh ground pepper and lemon juice. Next time I'll add fresh coriander too. In the meantime I hope Sverre decides it's time to have that nap soon so I can finish my lunch.

He finally fell asleep, not in the pram (in the hallway; did not at all feel like going out in the pouring rain and howling winds today) but on my lap. I wish I could simply just enjoy this. Instead I look at the pile of laundry, the dirty dishes and other chores on my to do list, and feel like I'm stuck getting nowhere. I need to work on changing my attitude on this. Having a sleeping baby on my lap won't last forever. I should pause and enjoy it.

Her birthday gift from us; a Lego police station. I suspect pappa Sølve bought it a bit (or a lot) for himself too. 

She still loves the swings - just like she did when she was little.

hanging out with this poor feverish kid today - and her baby brother who thinks proper naps are so last month // an iPad detox is in order when she is well again

Hanging out with my favorite four year old today too. Luckily the fever is gone, but she has to stay home - kindergarten rules. Trying to cut way back on screen time today, so we're playing bingo whilst Sverre enjoys the activity gym. Her lunch: fish cakes, my lunch: salad of mixed baby leaf lettuce, chickpeas, tomato and an egg.

post lunch snack 

This guy slept seven hours straight last night! Pardon the bragging, fellow sleep deprived parents, but this record had to be recorded.

I'm a real big sister now, right?

She has discovered the camera on the iPad, which makes me quite happy. Maybe she will become fond of photography too?

I was surprised to see that see did the puzzle all by herself. 

because frost is pretty

There are lots of ducks, swans and other birds by the lake. This was actually the first time we brought food for the. She loved it. 

that lovely late autumn, early winter light 

first day of below zero temperatures - and a gorgeous day it was

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Week 47: November 16-22 // scenes from a november weekend 

Friday, 20 November 2015

things I like lately

lamb shanks from the archives // Fuji Provia 100F, Canon EOS 500N

- an early dinner saved the witching hour
- this little video
- 10 ting som gir ro i kropp og sjel
- that Sverre's epic poop diaper came in the early evening while we were still awake instead of during night
- Mariell's advent magazine - this girl never stop impressing me with her talent and ability to get things done!
- Ingvild's Christmas inspiration Pinterest board 
- I love my type (via Marthe)
- these posters (also via Marthe)
- a reportage on ultra running in today's Ekko on P2
- seeing how happy Sara was to be back in kindergarten today after two days at home being sick
- an afternoon trip to the beach
- breathtaking sunset light on said beach (as seen in this post)
- a visit from my dear friend Hanne from Bergen - it was so, so nice to catch up over (small) glasses of champagne and (big bowls of) chocolate
- Hanne brought the best baby gift; a beautiful wall decoration by Shanna Murray plus homemade chocolate chip cookie dough (for the freezer) - I have been eating cookies every day since
- slow cooked lamb shanks for dinner
- salad (instead of my typical sandwich) for lunch
- after several very wet and grey days, the forecast for the weekend is sun and below zero temperatures
- tutorial: editing photos on your phone
- a weekend ahead with visitors from Bergen plus playdates with Stavanger friends
- Unge lovende
- I have really enjoyed catching up on Jeanine's blog lately - I especially liked this before and after post, this is nice, isn't it? and these little videos
- fire in the wood stove every morning

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Things I don't like lately

- a feverish Sara
- cancelling an evening date with my girlfriends because I'm not brave enough yet to bring a grumpy, tired and constantly nursing baby to such a date yet (we planned to make fruit chutney)
- close to no time for just Sølve and me in the evening these days - Sara is asleep around 8 pm and when Sverre finally falls asleep some time between 10 pm and midnight (still a bit unpredictable that little guy), I go straight to bed to get the most out of the night. I know this (too) is a passing phase, but I kind of miss my husband, if you understand what I mean.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

banana muffins - the (little bit) healthier version

November sun and shadow on freshly baked banana muffins

I have made a lot of banana muffins lately. Nearly every week there has been an excuse to make yet another batch and hence reduce the stock of ripe bananas in the freezer (which was getting out of hand).

Today I decided to try to make them just a little bit healthier than the original recipe. I reduced the amount of sugar and butter, added an extra banana, swapped some of the flour with oat flour and oatmeal, and cut the chocolate. The muffins turned out just as yummy as before. (Baking is much more science than other kinds of cooking, so I wasn't sure these changes would work at all.)

2 dl sugar
2 eggs
3 well ripe mashed bananas
200 g melted butter
2 tbs milk
5 dl flour
2 dl oat flour
0,5 dl oatmeal
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tsp natron/baking soda

Beat eggs and sugar until thick. Add mashed bananas, melted butter and milk. Mix. Add the dry ingredients and mix well to combine. Spoon into medium size muffin pan (I use paper muffin cups inside the pan). Bake for about 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

Yield: ca 30 muffins

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

life, week 46

Monday 8 am // pink skies and heavy rain

Our friends in Bergen lent us their newborn seat for the Stokke Tripp Trapp. She really enjoyed having dinner next to her baby brother. I think he liked it too.

multitasking // (much needed) pedicure and nursing // tusen takk for fjorårets bursdagsgave @marihagen

Hei! Also: Sverre is 8 weeks old today (Tuesday November 10)

The path around the lake is getting dirtier and the fallen leaves are getting soggier. We are entering the part of autumn (and soon winter) when nature is dressed solely in shades of brown and grey. 

Tuesday 3 pm // looking for dinner inspiration online (we are having chicken, but how?), Sverre is making happy sounds on the activity gym (my new favorite sound), fresh fire in the wood stove (I miss having one with windows so I can see the flames) and lovely afternoon sunlight (always the best)

Look, mamma! The tree grows in water! // Kindergarten is closed for two days, so Sara gets to hang out with Sverre and me all day. A little trip to the city centre and the library, plus a visit to grandma's office, were all hits. 

my favorite @hannemeg is here // lucky me!

all onboard the breakfast train // Sara got a new best friend this weekend

November beach time equals cold waters, surfers...

...frolicing, gorgeous light...

...and sand castles. Pretty much the same as July beach time means in this part of Norway.

2 months old today and saw the beach for the first time in his life. He didn't seem very impressed, but the rest of the family were very impressed by all the surfers in the mid November ocean.

Sunday 4pm // so happy to live close to this again

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Week 46: November 9-15


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